About half of household garbage is made up of food and garden waste. Garden waste thrown into your garbage bin ends up in landfill, where it breaks down in a way that can create greenhouse gases, including methane, which affect air quality and public health.
Recycle your garden waste to:
Ideally we should compost before using our garden waste bin wherever possible. Compost can be used locally on your garden, doesn't require the energy and resource expenditure associated with collection programs, and will reduce pressure on waste management services.
Household waste and recycling services differ from council to council. Use our easy council search to find out about garden waste collection services in your area. Some unwanted greenery from your garden could also become tasty treats for the elephants, zebras and other animals at the Melbourne Zoo. If you have the right type of plants Zoo horticulturists will visit your home to cut and collect the greenery and take the freshly cut branches back to the Zoo.
Most garden waste collection services will take:
Like other kerbside recycling services, some items should never go in any garden waste bin, no matter where you live. They include:
Only a small number of Victorian councils accept food waste in their garden waste bins. Check with your council and consider composting as an alternative for kitchen waste disposal. Learning to avoid food waste in the first place will also help you save money and protect our environment.
After your garden waste has been collected it's taken to a processor and turned into mulch or compost that meets Australian standards. It is then used in agriculture, to keep parklands green or sold back to the community to keep home gardens healthy. The Back to Earth Initiative is putting everyone's greenwaste to good use via compost donations to schools, kinders and community groups, and supply for use on farms and open spaces.
Rid your home of dangerous and toxic waste responsibly, with the free Detox your Home program.
Household paint, batteries and fluorescent lights can be dropped off for free. Check with your local council for details.
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